A Match for Bay: Eight-year-old Nikkei battles leukemia

While most children play outside this summer, 8-year-old Baylor “Bay” Nihei Fredrickson from Albany, Calif engages in Nerf gun battles with nurses in between chemotherapy rounds.  Baylor, who is of Japanese and German descent, was diagnosed with acute myelogenous leukemia in February 2012 at 5 years old. According to his mother, Shari Nihei Fredrickson, Baylor […]

No surprise racism lurked underneath U.C. Santa Barbara mass murderer’s rage

There was no surprise that in between U.C. Santa Barbara’s mass murderer Elliot Rodger’s warped, sick, and perverse harangues against women, he also laced in a generous dose of racist rage and stereotyping. “I passed by this restaurant and I saw this black guy chilling with 4 hot white girls. He didn’t even look good. […]

THE GREAT UNKNOWN AND THE UNKNOWN GREAT: The life and writings of hapa poet Ambrose Amadeus Uchiyamada

This week’s column traces some of the history of a hapa poet and journalist with the magnificent name Ambrose Amadeus Uchiyamada, who grew up under rather unusual circumstances. His father Thomas Morkiyo Uchiyamada, a university-trained engineer from Japan who came to the United States for further schooling in the first years of the 20th century, […]

A lesson in embracing one’s identity

The Favorite Daughter Written and illustrated by Allen Say (New York: Arthur A. Levine Books, 2013, $17.99, 32 pp., hardcover) I love Allen Say. This book, with its watercolor illustrations, has a gentle quality that makes me want to sit right down in a quiet corner to savor it. In Say’s latest book, “The Favorite […]

A comprehensive and complex look at multiethnic Asian American identities

WHEN HALF IS WHOLE: MULTIETHNIC ASIAN AMERICAN IDENTITIES By Stephen Murphy-Shigematsu (Palo Alto, Calif.: Stanford University Press, 2012, 248 pp., $21.95, paperback) The whole spectrum of the mixed race, multiethnic Asian American experience could never be contained in a single book. That said, Stephen Murphy-Shigematsu’s new book, “When Half is Whole,” comes pretty close (without […]

Parents of multiracial youth sought as survey participants

Susan Lambe Sariñana, a doctoral candidate at University of Massachusetts Boston’s Clinical Psychology program, is conducting a study on parenting multiracial youth (ages 3 to 22), and is searching for participants. Survey respondents would be asked questions via an online questionnaire about their thoughts on race, ethnicity and culture, as well as questions about their […]

In Mixed Company: Multiracial academics, advocates and artists gather for Hapa Japan Conference

As a graduate student in UCLA’s psychology department during the late 1970s, Christine Iijima Hall absorbed scathing criticism about her dissertation. Fellow academics dismissed her project as “a ridiculous piece of research,” she said, and newspapers declined to publicize her need for study participants based on the belief that she was covering a “stupid topic.” […]

Center for Japanese Studies at UC Berkeley presents Hapa Japan Conference April 8-9

BERKELEY — The Center for Japanese Studies, along with the Hapa Japan Database Project and All Nippon Airways, will host the Hapa Japan Conference Friday and Saturday,  April 8-9, featuring specialists in the study of mixed-race Japanese history, identity and representation. Topics range from the history of mixed-race Japanese in the 1500s, part-Japanese communities in […]

Michael Jackson and the invisible line

It’s been about a year and a half since Michael Jackson’s death and a little longer since I wrote a column about it for the Nichi Bei Times. (I’m putting it at the end of this post for anyone interested). In a matter of hours, MJ went from being one of the media’s favorite punching […]

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